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South has passion for fashion
Two teachers from school tapped for new contest
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South Forsyth High School teacher Kevin Dankosky receives balloons and flowers from Amanda Schreiner as he finds out he’s a finalist for a makeover. - photo by Jennifer Sami
At a glance

To vote for South Forsyth High School teachers Carrie Paulson and Kevin Dankosky, visit starting Friday.

Two South Forsyth High School teachers try their best to help students shine. Now, it’s their turn.

Carrie Paulson and Kevin Dankosky will compete against eight area teachers for a $1,000 makeover at The Avenue.

The fashion upgrade is part of a promotional partnership with five area high schools to help marketing and business students develop promotional strategies.

South Forsyth High School’s DECA and advanced fashion marketing students will work to garner as many votes as possible for Paulson and Dankosky during a 10-day voting period that begins Friday.

They will be competing against students from Lassiter, Whitewater, Grayson and Kennesaw Mountain high schools, all of which are near an Avenue location.

As they have with many marketing and business projects, South Forsyth students will work closely with The Avenue Forsyth, an outdoor shopping mall off Peachtree Parkway.

“The Avenue Forsyth — the manager actually came to talk to us about the project and that they decided to work with our school,” said Alexis Gilmore, an advanced fashion marketing student. “They know we’re really good competitors.”

The seven girls in the Nancy Ruff’s advanced fashion marketing class have done most of the legwork in planning. They each chose their favorites from 11 teachers who nominated themselves, narrowing the field to two finalists.

“Ms. Paulson works with the band department a lot and she’s really involved ... and coach Dankosky coaches basketball all the time, so we just wanted them to do something for themselves,” Maggie Melvin said.

Gilmore said the group came up with “promotional strategies for the students and teachers and for voting outside of the school.”

Melvin said the project will help the school get recognized but is also providing a valuable lesson for her classmates.

“We had to plan how to do flyers ... and how we’re going to market,” she said. “We made flyers for the students, teachers and people in the community, so it allows us to learn about different target markets.”

With the help of DECA students, the girls will reach out to fellow students during lunch by having laptops set up in the cafeteria so students can vote.

They will also set up tables with laptops Saturday at The Avenue Forsyth, so shoppers can vote.

Ruff said the contest is open to anyone.

“You can live in California and vote for these teachers,” she said.

Gilmore said it’s gratifying to give the teachers a shot.

“I think they felt really great. They were both smiling,” she said after the students announced the two nominees Tuesday. “The teachers that got it really deserved it.”